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Do you think art can change the world? So do I! We’re at a pivotal moment when scientists, medical practitioners, and creatives are coming together in recognition of the ways that art plays an indispensable role in our well-being, as individuals, communities, and societies. In each episode we hear from artists and creatives who share their inspiration for their work and its wider impact. These conversations about transformative artistic practices show the ways that art can be a catalyst for ...
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In this episode of Art Heals All Wounds, host I talk with author and disability advocate Effy Redman about the transformative power of art. Effy shares insights from her memoir, 'Saving Face,' which chronicles her life with Moebius Syndrome, a condition that affects her ability to make facial expressions. Effy speaks candidly about her experiences …
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In this episode of Art Heals All Wounds, I share a voicemail from Natalie Davey, co-host of the Reframables podcast. Natalie recounts her journey of leaving a 20-year teaching career due to depression and discovering the importance of creativity for her well-being. Pam reflects on the power of creative conversations and invites listeners to share t…
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In this episode of Art Heals All Wounds, versatile and multidisciplinary artist Meredith Heller shares her story of how writing poetry saved her life. From a troubled adolescence to becoming a writer and workshop leader, Meredith describes her longtime practice of deep listening as the beginning of self-expression. Her latest book, Writing by Heart…
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In this episode of 'Art Heals All Wounds,' I explore the transformative power of vulnerability with guest Michael Brady, a psychotherapist and newly emerged musician. Michael, whose performance name is M. Brady, shares his journey from suffering a panic attack during a crucial audition in his youth and abandoning his dream of becoming a musician fo…
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In this episode of 'Art Heals All Wounds', I explore the transformative power of art with playwright and activist Catherine Filloux, focusing on her work that highlights human rights and the stories of survivors. Catherine discusses her upcoming one-woman play, 'How to Eat an Orange', inspired by the life of artist and activist Claudia Bernardi and…
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In this episode of 'Art Heals All Wounds,' I share a personal story about my daughter's diagnosis with myotonic dystrophy. How I wished to meet someone like today’s guest! Alexandra LeBoeuf, a young Canadian artist and myotonic dystrophy advocate, discusses how her artwork and personal experiences have helped create a support network and raise fund…
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Don't forget to go to my website and leave me YOUR story of belonging to feature on a future episode! Buy Me a Coffee! In this episode of 'Art Heals All Wounds', my guests Sarah Reinhardt and Louise Browne explore the impact of stories in addressing the complex issues of adoption. As an adoptee myself, listening to their podcast, ‘Adoption: The Mak…
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Don't forget to go to my website and leave me YOUR story of belonging to feature on a future episode! Buy Me a Coffee! The Transformative Power of Art: Julie Leboeuf's Family Journey Voicemail from Julie Leboeuf! Julie, a special education teacher and mother, shares how art has played a critical role in her family's life, especially after her husba…
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Don't forget to go to my website and leave me YOUR story of belonging to feature on a future episode! Buy Me a Coffee! In this episode of 'Art Heals All Wounds', I talk with author Kiyash Monsef about his book 'Once There Was', a story that blends mythical creatures and the protagonist Marjan's quest to reconnect with her Iranian heritage solve her…
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Don't forget to go to my website and leave me YOUR story of belonging to feature on a future episode! Buy Me a Coffee! Voicemail from Rebecca Davey! Rebecca is an artist who discusses the significant role art has played in her life, particularly in navigating a painful platonic breakup during the pandemic. Rebecca shares how this personal experienc…
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Don't forget to go to my website and leave me YOUR story of belonging to feature on a future episode! Buy Me a Coffee! This episode of 'Art Heals All Wounds' features a conversation with Susan Kiyo Ito, author of 'I Would Meet You Anywhere,' focusing on her experiences as a transracial adoptee seeking connection with her birth and adoptive families…
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Don't forget to go to my website and leave me YOUR story of belonging to feature on a future episode! Buy Me a Coffee! In a voicemail message to Art Heals All Wounds, podcaster and musician Carolyn Kiel shares how arranging music has changed how she listens and how she sees the world! Thank you for leaving this voicemail, Carolyn! Follow Carolyn Ki…
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Don't forget to go to my website and leave me YOUR story of belonging to feature on a future episode! Buy Me a Coffee! In this episode of 'Art Heals All Wounds,' I explore the theme of connection in art and creativity with Joe Field, creator of the Legends Universe and author of superhero books for adults and children. Joe delves into his creative …
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Happy to be back for the sixth season of 'Art Heals All Wounds', where we’ll talk about 'Connection'! Exploring the transformative power of collaboration, cultural exchange and human bonds through artists and their stories, how does connection alter narratives and inspire growth? For this season, the podcast episodes will be released bi-weekly inst…
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In this episode of "Art Heals All Wounds," I talk about how this turn of the calendar from 2023 to 2024 reminds me of sliding down a wooded hill on snowy days with my friends—right into a street! I also share a voicemail from Joe Field, creator of the Legends Universe. Joe discusses how his work has affected individuals, from helping a young boy ov…
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On this episode of Art Heals All Wounds, I share a voicemail from Joey Held, who talks about the impact of music on building a sense of belonging and the ability of art to heal. Joey hosts a podcast called Good People, Cool Things but he’s also a member of the band Burning Years. Joey talks about the way he sees music bringing people together durin…
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In this episode of Art Heals All Wounds, I interview longtime friend Gwen Whittle, a supervising sound editor and three-time Academy Award nominee for the films Avatar, Tron Legacy, and Avatar, The Way of Water. We discuss Gwen's journey from New York to San Francisco, her experiences in the sound editing industry, and the importance of sound in st…
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In this episode, I interview my daughter, Allegra Thelemaque, illustrator and writer, about the idea of feeling like you belong in your body. We also discuss how finding one's own sense of style can help redefine the concept of beauty. Allegra and I both have myotonic dystrophy, a multi-system disease that can affect muscle strength, muscle stiffne…
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This week I interview artists Dazié Rustin Grego-Sykes and Derrick Miller-Handley. They discuss the creation and impact of their performance piece, 'The Changer and the Changed', a performed memoir of Dazié’s lived experience, exploring issues of child sex abuse, addiction, and the experience of being Black, Queer, and HIV positive. Through this de…
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In this episode, I feature a thought-provoking reflection on belonging in a voicemail from Miguel Angel Vazquez. Discover the different dimensions of belonging, how it can shift with experiences, and the essential ways we know that we belong. Don't forget to go to my website and leave me YOUR story of belonging to feature on a future episode! Buy M…
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In this episode of Art Heals All Wounds, I speak with multidisciplinary artist Almudena Rocca about her book 'The Intuitive Drawing Journal: A Guided Journal for Processing Feelings and Emotions'. The journal employs the technique of continuous line drawing to help individuals explore and express their emotions without judgement. Almudena shares he…
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In this episode of Art Heals All Wounds, I share a heartfelt voicemail from Paige Friend, host of ‘The Beach Speaks’ podcast, discussing her deaf mother’s journey of self-realization and acceptance facilitated by art. Ginny, developed her lip-reading skills, giving Paige a delightful way of communicating with her mother across a room. Unable to wor…
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In this episode of 'Art Heals All Wounds', I speak with filmmaker Christina YR Lim about 'B-Side for Taylor', a film that explores adoption, identity, and family secrets. As a contribution to National Adoption Awareness Month, the discussion centers around the film's storyline, which follows a Korean American adoptee's journey to learn more about h…
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Animal advocate Carlyn Montes De Oca embarked on a journey of self-discovery when she took a commercial DNA test in 2019. Expecting to uncover her Jewish heritage within her Hispanic bloodline, Carlyn was stunned to learn that she had been adopted at birth. This revelation shattered her sense of identity, as she discovered that her entire extended …
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Dr. Tasha Golden is an international speaker and consultant, a career singer/songwriter, and a public health scientist. In this episode, Tasha shares with us her work on the Arts On Prescription Field Guide, a resource that seeks to integrate arts, culture, and nature into medical care to promote overall well-being and not just the absence of disea…
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Standup comedian and podcaster, Rabiah Coon, shares a story of belonging on a voicemail to the show! Listen to how Rabiah found a sense of belonging performing standup. If you want to share your story of belonging on Art Heals All Wounds, you can send me a voicemail at https://www.arthealsallwoundspodcast.com/ and I'll share it on a future episode!…
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Description: In this episode, I sit down with the talented comedian and author Sadia Azmat. We delve into the world of stand-up comedy, exploring how Sadia has used humor to navigate complex themes of identity, culture, and relationships. From her unique perspective as a hijabi comedian, Sadia shares her journey of self-discovery and how she's chal…
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Lalin St. Juste has been a staple in the Bay Area music scene for a decade with her genre-bending band The Seshen. In this episode, Lalin takes us on a transformative journey of healing and reclamation of her Haitian heritage through her solo music. As a Haitian American, Lalin has felt a deep connection to her roots, but also struggled with issues…
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Are you comfortable with the parts of you that are feminine? Are you comfortable in a feminine space? Explore the world of street art and its transformative power in public spaces with Amilli Onair. Discover how her murals challenge perceptions of feminine energy and create safe spaces for all. Amilli's street art beautifully embraces and celebrate…
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We continue our season focusing on belonging by talking about places and spaces. What kinds of stories do you tell about the places of your past that made you who you are? How do you tell that story when that place has been destroyed by the effects of climate change? dream hampton is an independent filmmaker who recently released a nine-minute shor…
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Who do you look up to? Do you have heroes? Fashion photographer Umberto N. Nicoletti has created a new coffee table book full of photographs of some of his heroes—LQBTQIA+ asylum seekers. Inspired by his friend Diego Puccio, a volunteer for Arcigay, an Italian organization that helps refugees obtain asylum, Umberto became passionate about fighting …
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Today's episode is all about belonging. In Season 5 we delve into the stories of artists and individuals who have experienced feeling like they don't fit in and have discovered creative ways to connect and heal. Today, I'll be sharing my own personal story of adoption, a journey that made me question where I truly belonged. I also want to invite al…
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AI--how are you feeling about it? Excited about its potential? Concerned that it's not quite ready for prime time? I feel both of these things. I've already heard some amazing ideas for its use in Arts and Health. And I've used ChatGPT, with mixed results. So my ears perked up while listening to this episode from Jae Bloom and James Bilsbrough on t…
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Do you remember getting "The Sex Talk"? The ones I experienced left a lot to be desired! Which is why I love this conversation between the hosts of Reframeables, Rebecca and Natalie Davey, and sex-positive communicator, Emily Roach. If you find yourself facing "The Talk" with a young person in your life, I think you'll find some good ideas from thi…
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Time to share some amazing conversations! I love sharing feed drops of my favorite shows during this break between seasons! These are all conversations that moved me and taught me a thing or two. Today I’m sharing an episode from the brilliant podcast Wild Precious Life, hosted by Annmarie Kelly. Her guest on this episode is Ashley C. Ford. Ashley …
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How do we creatively increase empathy? What about increasing compassion for ourselves? Last year I experienced chronic pain for 8 months, which made me think a lot about empathy for those in pain of any kind—physical, emotional, or mental. Are our societies built for those who suffer from chronic pain? Can we increase empathy through art? Reading t…
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Today, I’m joined by Susan Magsamen, Founder and Executive Director of the International Arts + Mind Lab at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Applied Neuroscience. She’s also the co-author of Your Brain on Art: How the Arts Transform Us, which explores how aesthetic experiences impact the human brain and body. In our conversation, Susan share…
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Today, I’m joined by Rigo 23, a painter, muralist, and activist who has undertaken collaborative art projects with some of America's political prisoners. In our conversation, Rigo expands on the inspiration and process behind two of his works: His recent February 31st Exhibit that includes work with, and inspired by, the Angola 3 and a large-scale …
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Today, I’m joined by dancer, choreographer, and cultural leader Alleluia Panis. In our conversation, Alleluia expands on the vision behind her captivating performances, many of which are inspired by her lived experience as a Filipina immigrant. Alleluia describes how many of the indigenous Filipino traditions have been forgotten due to the dark his…
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Show notes from Chris Angel Murphy and Allyship is a Verb Put yourself in the other person's shoes. This week, Kathy Houston (she/her) talks about Club LILLES and what it means for her to be a late in life lesbian. In this episode, you will learn 1. How lesbian TikTok has been a wonderful, informative resource. 2. Why her first girlfriend gave her …
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Show Notes for this Episode from Paige Friend and The Beach Speaks A friend of mine from “up North” asked me what’s it like to be in a hurricane? That got me thinking about my past 22 years living in Florida. How many hurricanes had I been in? I grew up in the mountains of Pennsylvania. The only “natural disasters” I ever experienced were blizzards…
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In today’s episode, I’m joined by body-based artists and activists Kai Hazelwood and Sarah Ashkin. Kai and Sarah are co-founders of Practice Progress, an anti-racist facilitation practice that addresses structural, professional, and interpersonal white supremacy through embodied learning. In our conversation, Kai and Sarah describe what body-based …
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Today, I’m joined by Brittany Delany, a dancer, choreographer, and co-director of the dance and social justice collective GROUND SERIES. We discuss the latest project from GROUND SERIES called “Free the Body,” an interactive art installation at The Coachella Valley Art Center that explores what it means to free the body within personal, cultural, s…
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Today, I’m joined by Shavonne Allen, Joel Yates, and Dazié Rustin Grego-Sykes, three members of Skywatchers, a performance ensemble based in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco. Skywatchers is an interdisciplinary, intergenerational, mixed-ability, and multicultural performance group that aims to amplify the voices of Tenderloin residents.…
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Today, I’m joined by filmmakers Shweta Ghosh and Priyanka Pal to discuss their work together on We Make Film, a feature documentary about filmmaking by people with disabilities in India. Through a series of ‘interview workshops,’ the film highlights the creative ways that filmmakers with disabilities articulate their perspective and artistic vision…
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Today, I’m joined by the members of Crying Uncle Bluegrass, a California-based bluegrass band. Fiddle player Miles Quale teamed up with his brother Teo, a mandolin player, bassist Andrew Osborn, and guitarist John Gooding to jam together almost five years ago when they were all in their early-to-mid teens. Together they represent the next generatio…
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Today, I’m joined by Jason Wyman, an artist, creative coach, and co-founder of Queerly Complex, a creative hub and community platform. In our conversation, Jason shares what led them to creating a gathering space for making sense of the world and helping other creatives find their place in it. In a society that demands simplicity and easy-to-consum…
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Today, I’m joined by Mathew Gabriel Gonzales (aka Philthy Dronez), musician and music producer, to explore the roots behind his signature West Coast Cumbia sound. As an Eastside San Jose native, Mathew draws inspiration from the hip hop, funk, and cumbia rhythms he grew up around in his vibrant neighborhood. In Mathew’s words, music doesn’t have bo…
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Today, I’m joined by Roy Miles, aka Ghetto Geppetto, a filmmaker, motion graphics artist, puppet maker and puppeteer, toymaker, and animation artist. On top of his impressive resume, Roy is also a former student of mine who stands out as one of the most creative people that I’ve had the pleasure of working with. Roy has an animated universe called …
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Today, I’m joined by Cecilia Cassandra Peña-Govea, aka La Doña, to discuss the inspiration and meaning behind her “Femmeton” music. As a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and educator from The Mission in San Francisco, CA, La Doña’s music draws on many of the social-political issues of her neighborhood. From women's empowerment and trans-i…
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